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  • Al and Lee Happy Campers COS
    Al and Lee Happy Campers COSWhy didn't I think of that? Tips and Tricks:
    March 1We’re pretty new at this and could use your help. We’re going to buy 3 or 4 of the 7 gallon water containers for when we dry camp. How do we get the water into our fresh water tank?
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      Brian&Nadine March 1 We buy gallon water jugs at Wal-Mart for drinking. The water in our tank is for everything else. Remember that you are not only limited by the water in your fresh water tank, but by your grey water and your black water tanks. We can dry camp for most of a...  more
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      • Al and Lee Happy Campers COS
        Randy&Althea March 1 Use a funnel.for like a transmission
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        Kevin/Yvonne & 4 Doxies March 1 If you have a drill you could possibly use a drill pump to transfer from water bottles to fresh water tank.🤠😎🙂 There are also water bladders. Put in back of pickup/small SUV and you could probably gravity feed into tank.
      • Al and Lee Happy Campers COS
        Norm & Ann Burgess March 12 we use to take bottled water for drinking until we bought the ZeroWater pitcher filter system... now we just filter the tape water... 
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      OscarsMom2 March 1 When I started trailer camping with my mom, the inlet for the fresh water tank looked kind of like 1/2 a funnel.  I use a plastic funnel with a flexible tube to add bleach water to the tank when de-winterizing.  If you were using a smaller jug, this would...  more
    • Al and Lee Happy Campers COS
      Leslie Shannon March 1 What kind of RV do you have?  Brian&Nadine are right about making sure you don't overfill your gray tank by adding more and more water while you're out dry camping.... But as far as how to get it in the tank, I can only speak from my experience with my Fl...  more
    • Al and Lee Happy Campers COS
      Cinn March 1 Buy a spare water pump (good to have onboard just in case), add some tubing to the intake & output, connect it to a battery with alligator clamps, and pump that water into the fresh water tank intake (must be gravity fill). It's not complicated. :)
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      Larry and Dee March 1 I have a 5 gallon jug and a funnel but remember your fresh water tank is probably at least 30 gallons or more.  That 5 gallons is 40 lbs.+ It gets heavy real quick!!
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      • Al and Lee Happy Campers COS
        Norm & Ann Burgess March 1 A lot of newer RV’s have a anti backflow and funnel won’t work
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      Joppa Folks March 1 You should have a gravity fill where you just pour it in. That said, you better fill just one up and see if you can lift it to get to the fill and pour. Water is heavy . we took 2 5 gallon containers with us before and literally left them in the back of...  more
    • Al and Lee Happy Campers COS
      Joppa Folks March 1 The post above about your gray tank filling up.... Use a dishpan in your sinks and you can pour that down into your black tank. Grey tank always seems to fill up first. Just a suggestion.
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      Lyla and Bill March 1 Depending on the age and manufacturer of your unit you may or may not have a gravity fill. If you have a gravity fill it is pretty straight forward. If you don't have a gravity fill there are a few options; a stand alone pump and the necessary hose and fi...  more
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      Machine Gun Kelly March 1 My recommendation is to purchase a fillable bladder tank. And buy a 12 volt transfer pump. You would fill the bladder tank when you get to you distention site. Then you could use the pump to transfer the potable water to you wet tank. This you would o...  more
    • Al and Lee Happy Campers COS
      joe and Helen March 1 before you do any filling of your fresh water tank , please ne sure to sanitize 
      it.
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      • Al and Lee Happy Campers COS
        SilverSport March 1 I agree that you should sanitize your fresh water tank at least once a year, I would not want to do that on the road. Now my tank is 140 gallons and it takes time to properly sanitize.
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      Steve & Dara March 1 When we first started camping we only used the fresh water tank for dishes and the bathroom, I sanitized a new plastic 5 gallon gas can and would use that for filling, wow did I get a lot of looks. It was a travel trailer and I would tell people it won't...  more
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      • Al and Lee Happy Campers COS
        Lyla and Bill March 1 Using a gas can for anything other than gasoline is dangerous. Two of my work-mates died of burns when a container someone believed contained water actually contain a flammable liquid. It was not a pretty sight. 
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      Habadabeer March 1 I did the same thing, filling the fresh water from buckets. If you get them higher than the fresh water intake, you can connect the hose directly to the RV at one end, get some water in the hose at the bucket end to prime it to start drawing, then submerg...  more
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      David Leslie Jasper & JoJo March 1 We have a 45-gallon blue bladder for fetching fresh water and a 120v potable water pump.  We simply plug the bladder to the pump and the pump to the city water fill, then plug in the pump.  Our freshwater tank is 100 gallons, so if we think we'll need wat...  more
    • Al and Lee Happy Campers COS
      SilverSport March 1 It depense on your needs, for us we have a closed system so to get water into our tank we need a faucet or pump to add water. If you have an open system then you can do what you said, if your can fit a bladder in your vehicle then with a portable 12 volt ...  more
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      rvericksons March 1 Check your manual for your rig. You may be able to fill from a container using your onboard pump a (ours has this ability) All rigs are different. Look for a diagram in your wet bay.
    • Al and Lee Happy Campers COS
      Steve & Angie March 2 I would use smaller containers. Easier to carrying.  I have seen an item called a drill pump that could be used with a cordless drill. Also look for a small hand pump.  
    • Al and Lee Happy Campers COS
      Lildebbiecakes63 March 2 Built a stand to help hold the funnel while filling with 4 gallon jugs for our stationary 5th wheel where we don’t have water on the lot.
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      Kazoo March 2 We carry 6 of these 3 gallon jugs. They make them in 5 gallon but the 3 is a lot easier to use. We fill our fresh water tank(100 gallons) and use jug water to drink and cook with.
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      • Al and Lee Happy Campers COS
        Kazoo March 4 This is our storage.
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      Frederick L Proffitt March 2 I tilted and pour into one gallon plastic water bottles, then into fresh water tank. Good luck.
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      Featherlady March 2 We have a 60 gallon water bladder. My husband then rigged a regular rv water pump with in and out white hoses and an electrical connection that attaches to your vehicle battery. Just attach to the hose connection on the bladder, hook up to your battery an...  more
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      LarandSus March 2 Note that people trying to help are wondering what kind of rig you have. If you would fill out your profile with your rig info, we could look there when you forget to mention it.
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      Al and Lee Happy Campers COS March 2 Thank you all for sharing your knowledge!
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      Lost Alaskan March 2 I use a 12 volt transfer pump for my homemade 33 gallon tanks but use a homemade removable hanger bracket to gravity feed the 5 and 10 gallon bottles I use
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      Dennis & Lorece Hogeweide March 4 We have 8 four gallon plastic containers that stack up and I use a small funal the bigger jugs are just to heavy
    • Al and Lee Happy Campers COS
      Windkissed March 12 We use a drill-driven pump. On the outlet hose we’ve attached a rod to ease the insertion of the hose into the six 5-gallon collapsible water jugs (any larger I wouldn’t be able to lift/carry.). We also use a water filter and a Britta container to filter ...  more
    • Al and Lee Happy Campers COS
      Brian&Nadine March 12 Have any of you who have added water to your tanks without dumping had any "incidents" with your toilet or shower backing up and making a mess?
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        David Leslie Jasper & JoJo March 12 Obviously, you cannot keep adding water to your freshwater tank without dumping your gray waste tank... unless you're dumping used water outside with a bucket or tub.  Our freshwater tank is 100 gallons and our gray waste tank is 58 gallons.  So, our gray...  more
    • Al and Lee Happy Campers COS
      fewd April 1 Some one mentioned you have to watch the capacity of your grey tank too when you are dry camping, I use my outdoor shower, had one on my travel trailer and have one of the current motor home, I bought one of those pop up changing room/potty tent/shower te...  more
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      • Al and Lee Happy Campers COS
        LarandSus April 1 And how is that different from dumping your gray tank on the ground?
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